Any Good UK Suppliers?
Having decided to embark upon doing my own C41 recently (questions/problems on another thread), I'v found it very difficult to get supplies.
I've currently ordered through Nova Darkroom and my local shop, but the shop takes 2 weeks to get their orders delivered, and both have very little selection available.
All I can get is Photospeed and Photoclolour, and a seperate Bleach and Fix seems to be non existent.
Could anybody point me in the right direction?
Cheap film suppliers would be good too!
Chemicals - Firstcall are good, big selection, fairly quick dispatch. Silverprint also big selection, customer service patchy.
Cheap film (120 and 35 mm): Mathers of Lancashire, 7dayshop.
No source of cheap LF film known!
Must it be UK ?
There are many supliers in Germany. I don't know their delivery policy regarding UK but here is a few of them.
http://www.fotobrenner.de/ in German
For 4x5 film and colour paper it's hard to beat the US at present. B+H (www.bhphotovideo.com) have always been reliable for me. You'll pay VAT on the total and the postage.
I buy all my small and medium format film from Mathers. Not always the absolut cheapest, but totally reliable and no bullshit.
Otherwise, I would second the recommendation for German suppliers. Strangely, "Digital Wonder World" (www.digiwowo.com, formerly called New York Camera :-) can have some keen film prices, and they don't sting you too hard for postage. Some of the German firms will slap a straight 30 Euro shipping charge on you (Standard insured package rate) so watch out.
PS: Fotoimpex's description of Retro-POP is one of the funniest things I've ever read in a photo catalogue.
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Originally Posted by Struan Gray
where abouts in the UK are you?
I'm in Rochdale, Lancashire.
Thanks for the replies BTW - I'll look into them when I get a minute.
Most of the film/paper/chemicals etc at photoimpex are also stocked by Retrophotographic (www.retrophotographic.co.uk) which makes life easier ordering from the UK. Silverprint (www.silverprint.co.uk) have the largest inventory but you will need to call them to place an order - possibly twice if no one picks up the phone the first time (they are usually busy). Firstcall I note have several C41 kits available.
Fintan, thanks for the heads up. I have bought some high-ticket items from them, and been very happy with the level of service, but it never hurts to hear multiple voices.